Tonight I had Bible study, as I do every second Wednesday. The past few sessions I’ve missed because of work, unfortunately :/. But, nevertheless, I went tonight. It was GREAT :). I’d like to share what I learned with you all tonight, regardless of whether you may or may not believe in the God I believe in, because I enjoy sharing this journey I’m going on with Christ and my family and friends, with you all. So here it goes. . .
I was listening to a guy talk about Radical Grace and he started off with a passage from Mark 10:17-31. (I won’t quote on quote but I’ll talk on a basic bases because the discussion went on for a while and I don’t want to get facts or words wrong.) What I took from both that passage and from what this gentleman was saying, was that ALL things are possible with God. It says so in Mark 10:27 “…Everything is possible with God.”. Jesus was talking to His disciples about who and how they’d be allowed into Heaven. The main idea behind this parable, The Rich Man, is that God would ask you to sacrifice everything in your life (family, friends, earthly possessions) as he knows it is incredibly difficult to do so but wants you to show just how much faith you have in His ability to protect and provide for you. He wants you to rely on Him for everything because earthly possessions are merely just that- earthly. They will expire on earth when you pass away and are of no importance when entering Heaven or when following God.
Maybe if I type out what I had to fill in tonight, things would be slightly more clearer. This man brought to mind three key lessons: A radical approach, radical affection and radical command.
A Radical approach:
Jesus’ call to salvation demands total SURRENDER. Salvation is never a matter of EXTERNAL reformation but INTERNAL transformation, meaning God wants us to change our heart so we can be more like Him and rely solely on Him to protect and provide for us like a shepherd would. If our lives do not reflect the character of Christ, there is a HEART issue at work. (We shouldn’t be living in luxury whilst the poor starve and/or are left homeless.) Jesus is not merely a respectable TEACHER but a sovereign LORD. He determines EVERYTHING in our lives- right from the moment we were born, the moment we wake up to the moment we sleep, even until the day we die. Every decision we think WE made was actually the decision made by God. He knows the path we will follow. Everything has been planned out for us and, although we may believe we know best, we don’t because we have no clue what will happen in the future. ONLY GOD DOES. So why worry?
A Radical affection:
Jesus calls us to give sacrificially because He LOVES us. (Mark 10:21- Jesus didn’t call the rich man to sell all his possessions because Jesus hated him. He called him because he knew it was difficult but He loved him. Which probably isn’t easy to comprehend right now, I know). Jesus loves rich people enough to tell them the TRUTH. (Luke 12:15-21= Jesus speaks of a parable about a man who wanted to store all his wealth in a barn but Jesus said “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”) God is a shepherd who PROTECTS us. (Luke 12:32-34= “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in Heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe, no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart is also.”) God is a Father who DELIGHTS in us. God is a King who PROVIDES for us.
A Radical command:
Jesus gives us COMMANDS, not considerations. (Mark 10:21)
Remember, God is a SHEPHERD who will guide, love, protect and provide for you. This is why he commands you hand everything over to the poor so He can do so as the righteous Father He is! We cannot worship two god’s- God and wealth. We should let God be the center of it all.
I’m so happy I could share this with you!
Until next time,